Consequences are costly!

Yes, the machinists of Boeing are paying the price for their arrogant pro-union policies. Did they really think that they could push Boeing over and over again without paying a price or consequences? How much did they expect Boeing to bend over backwards before Boeing looked elsewhere to do business?

Let me bring you up to speed. The machinists of Boeing went on strike in Sept of 2008. The machinists rejected a compensation package worth "$34,000 in average pay and benefit gains per employee" (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,416361,00.html) and walked off their jobs. This was also the time when our country was just being sacked by the drastic downturn in our economy. It didn't make economic sense to me that the machinists would bite the hand that fed them at such critical time. It was as if they didn't realize, or care, if their employer would have to rethink their short and long-term business strategies in the face of a global recession. I guess their collective greed and over-estimated self-importance blinded them. Who knows? Whatever the case, the unionized machinists of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 751, are costing themselves their futures and their jobs. Boeing is starting to look for better business opportunities elsewhere.

On 29 October 2009, Boeing announced its decision to build their second 787 'Dreamliner' assembly line in North Charleston, South Carolina. This will result in the creation of 3,800 Boeing jobs in seven years and another 2,000 jobs for construction of the facilities, which begins later this year. South Carolina’s gain is the state of Washington’s loss. All thanks should go to the unionized machinists of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 751.
Here are some of the benefits Boeing will enjoy by setting up a new facility in South Carolina:
1. Boeing workers in North Charleston are non-union. The workers voted to oust the union in September.
2. The South Carolina General Assembly voted to give Boeing $170 million for infrastructure and other tax breaks.
3. South Carolina is also funding technical schools to train workers for jobs at Boeing.
4. And this could be the best reason for Boeing to choose South Carolina… “Boeing also reportedly was unhappy with the business climate in Washington State - unionized workers there who went on costly strikes, and that state's shortage of college-educated engineers.” (http://www.thestate.com/local/story/1003385.html)